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THE FAULKNER HOSPITAL 



CHE Faulkner Hospital was founded by Dr. and Mrs. George 
Faulkner in memory of their daughter, Mary, and for the 
benefit of the people of the old town of West Roxbury, where 
Dr. Faulkner had lived and worked, a much beloved physician. 
It was generously endowed with the entire fortunes of the 
founders. 

The Hospital was built and dedicated shortly after Mrs. 
Faulkner's death and has now for fifteen years proved a blessing, 
not only to the poor of the district mentioned by the donors 
but to many paying patients whose presence and whose con- 
tributions have materially increased the efficiency and use- 
fulness of the Hospital. 

Control and Direction 

The management of the Hospital was provided for by the 
founders. It consists of a corporation and a board of trustees 
and is somewhat similar to that of the Massachusetts General 
Hospital. Intimate friends of the Faulkners were empowered 
to inaugurate and establish the Hospital and to elect their own 
successors. Its affairs have thus from the outset been in the 
hands of people well and favorably known, not only in Jamaica 
Plain but in the financial circles of Greater Boston. 



^Vhat the Hospital Has Done 

During the fifteen years in which it has served the public 
the Hospital has cared for 8,693 patients, medical, surgical and 
maternity. 

It has trained sixty-nine nurses. 

During the war it helped out the Navy in taking care of 
sailors when their own hospitals were not available. 

During the typhoid epidemic, several years ago, and again 
during the more recent epidemic of influenza, it received patients 
in numbers much greater than its normal bed capacity, regard- 
less of the cost of so doing. In the recent epidemic three of the 
nurses gave their lives in this service. 

What the Hospital Offers, Is Now Doing 

The buildings are thoroughly up-to-date, bright, attractive, 
with sun parlors, wards, private rooms, etc., and equipped with 
the most modern scientific appliances. y^ / & 

The Hospital now offers to the public fifty - feeds, fifteen of 
them in a building reserved for maternity patients. 

Ten beds, two of which are supported by funds given for this 
special purpose, in addition to the Faulkner endowment, are 
for the use, free, of patients who are unable to pay anything 
for their care. 

Staff 

There is a complete medical and surgical staff, and a body 
of consulting physicians which includes some of the best doctors 
in Boston and vicinity. 

There is also a specialist in charge of the X-Ray plant who 
freely gives his services to those who cannot afford to pay for 
them. 

Cost of a Modern Hospital 

Few institutions are so costly to maintain as modern hos- 
pitals. They require highly trained technical staffs, hygienic 
and attractive surroundings, superior and often special foods, 
costly scientific appliances and apparatus, medicines, etc., 
while no income in the form of labor is drawn from the patients 
as is the case in certain other types of institutions. 

For these reasons almost all hospitals, large or small, must 
charge fees and must as a rule look to the public for the support 




of free and partly paying beds and to well-to-do patients and 
their friends for a considerable part of their income, to meet the 
expenses of this unpaid-for service. 

The Faulkner Hospital enjoys a remarkable reputation. Its 
site is unequalled for healthfulness, quiet and general excellence. 
Its staff, which has always served needy patients free of charge, 
comprises practitioners of the highest standing. Its food is of 
the best quality and well prepared; its service kindly and 
agreeable. Its usefulness to the community is unquestioned. 

It is the desire of the Trustees that the people of old West 
Roxbury, former Ward 23, should take a personal interest in 
the Faulkner Hospital and feel it their duty to support it as 
well as avail themselves of its use in times of necessity. If the 
Hospital is to continue to be of benefit to those for whom it 
was founded, it must grow, and in order to grow must have 
both the Moral and Financial support of those whom it seeks 
to serve. 



Officers and Trustees of the Hospital 

Nelson Curtis, President; Charles S. Penhallow, Vice-Pres- 
ident; Ingersoll Bowditch, Treasurer; Miss Emily G. Denny, 
Secretary; Miss Cornelia Bowditch, Ernest L. Rueter, Mrs. 
Henry B. Chapin, Prof. W. T. Sedgwick, Miss Ellen C. Morse, 
Channing W. Souther, Charles J. Nichols, George W. Wheel- 
wright, Jr. 



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APPROACHES to the FAULKNER HOSPITAL 



Barge leaves Centre Street at Harris Avenue at 2.30 p. m. 
Barge leaves Forest Hills at South Street opposite Rail- 
road Station at 2.40 p. m.